Charity Shop Bingo

Written by: Violet Myers

Anyone teetering on or below the London Living Wage should definitely consider becoming familiar with their local charity shop. Where else can you go in with a tenner and come out with two pairs of shorts, five Disney videos and a Richard and Judy Book Club Summer read?

The selections can be varied, eccentric and surprising, with people sometimes stumbling across designer gems while rummaging in bargain buckets. If there ever was a Holy Grail it’s bound to turn up in a Cat’s Protection at some point. However, those who have danced with the donation devil will know that certain objects have a habit of turning up in charity shops on the regs. For example, in my many years of being a professional cheapskate I have never come across a Jamie Oliver cookbook, whilst charity shop volunteers are up to their armpits in Gillian McKeith’s judgmental read: The Food Doctor.

These items, for whatever reason, seem to be unanimously donate-able. Don’t believe us? Why not test our theory by trying your hand at what we have christened ‘Charity-Shop-Bingo’? Downing shots of Glen’s Vodka for every round won is optional.

The rules are simple, tick off these 10 items on your next Charity shopping binge:

A Travis / Texas album: 
What is it about these Scottish 90’s bands that scream ‘not-a-long-term-investment’?
Found in 7/8 shops

A Pair of Lace up High Heeled Boots: 
A fashion trend invented in an evil laboratory; let’s combine the sturdy design of walking boots with the impracticality of 6 inch heels.
Found in 7/8 shops

Cut Glass: It must have been popular at some point, now it’s classing up the bric-a-brac shelves across the country and taking up your nan’s pension.
Found in 8/8 shops.

Oddly Specific Self-help books:
With problems like these, why be vague?
 Notable examples include ‘How to Live Like an Italian’ ‘How to Eat’ and ‘How to Read the Financial Pages’
Found in 8/8 shops

A Ra-Ra Skirt:
A mini skirt made up of many layers, last worn by Girl’s Aloud during Cheryl Cole’s ‘beating up toilet attendants’ phase.
Found in 3/8 shops

‘One Day’, by David Nicholls:
Something about this 2009 romance novel has cemented it as one of the most temporary owned books of all time.
Found in 7/8 shops

Baker Boy Caps:
A trendy must-have fashion item in the early noughties, now popular among OAPs looking for a bargain.
Found in 2/8 shops

A How-to Fashion Guide by Gok Wan / Trinny & Susanna:
The fashion gurus time left behind, last seen eating yogurt and judging the attire of the local job centre.
Found in 2/8 shops

Anything Written by Jeremy Clarkson:
It’s seems old Jez wasn’t just booted off the BBC for being an overpaid tosspot, but from the bookshelves of the British public.
Found in 3/8 shops

The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy:
It may have depressingly become the best selling book since records began, outselling, I don’t know, every other book ever written. But the owners of this smutty little number don’t seem keen to hang on to their copies.
Found in 3/8 shops

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